Metuchen mayor will run unopposed in November election


METUCHEN – Democrat Jonathan M. Busch is running unopposed as he seeks election for the four-year term mayoral term in Metuchen.

Busch, 42, was selected as the borough’s 36th mayor on Dec. 18, 2017, and was elected to the one-year unexpired term on Nov. 6, 2018, of former Mayor Peter Cammarano.

Busch has lived in the borough for 14 years. He and his wife Kathy have three boys, ages 14, 13 and 8.

Busch is an education law attorney who has spent his career serving public entities which has resulted in him being closely familiar with issues facing local governments in New Jersey. He founded The Busch Law Group LLC on Main Street in Metuchen in 2014, which has 14 employees and represents school boards in 18 of New Jersey’s 21 counties.

He earned his law degree from Rutgers University, his master’s degree from Columbia University and his bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland.

In the community, Busch serves as an active volunteer for and is a member of numerous community organizations including Metuchen Baseball and Softball, the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce, the Metuchen Downtown Alliance, the Borough Improvement League, Brainy Borough Brewing, the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society, and the Woodwild Park Association.

“I am running for mayor because I care deeply about Metuchen and its future,” he said. “In my short time as mayor, we have accomplished so much together and I look forward to the opportunity to continue moving the borough in the right direction.”

Busch said as mayor he will continue to emphasize the principles of transparency, open discourse, and inclusion by holding open office hours for residents at his Borough Hall office every week.

Additionally, Busch said he will continue to take strides to enhance and repair Metuchen’s aging infrastructure, which includes constructing a new firehouse; building a new joint sewer pump station under a shared services agreement with Edison Township; completing a series of initiatives designed to address the borough’s 52 miles of roads; and ensuring the eventual rebirth of the Forum Theatre as the centerpiece of a new Metuchen Arts District on South Main Street.

Also, Busch said he will continue to help establish an even more welcoming, walkable and vibrant downtown; enhance park and recreational spaces; preserve Metuchen’s diverse, historic and attractive residential neighborhoods; and make the borough safer through a variety of pedestrian-friendly initiatives.

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 5.